[JDEV] My evil plans for a client.

arh14 at cornell.edu arh14 at cornell.edu
Sun Aug 8 10:50:50 CDT 1999

On Fri, 6 Aug 1999, Scott Robinson wrote:

> Interleaved response.
> Scott.
> * Vivre Draco translated into ASCII [Fri, Aug 06, 1999 at 04:00:32PM -0500]=
> [<VPOP31.3.0b.19990806160032.660.33.1.130a3d50 at oakwind>]
> > On 6 Aug 99,, Scott Robinson sounded off on [JDEV] My evil plans for a cl=
> ient.:
> >=20
> > > But back into reality, I'd love to make another suggestion for
> > > client fun. MIME support! Messages encoded in MIME (and the clients
> > > have a rudimentery (sp?) mailcap) could allow for a whole new world
> > > of kick-ass messenging. Why send text when I can send an encoded
> > > mp3? (ed. Let's hope we're all on cable modems or better.) I want
> > > to send my breakup message with a little "I will survive" MIDI
> > > attached. You can see where I'm going with this...=20
> >=20
> >    Oh... Gods... No.
> >=20
> Why ever not?

I don't see why not either.  We can easily extend the messaging 
capabilities with the MIME standard.  It's already been proven, and there 
are tons of pre-made libraries for parsing and handling MIME.  It adds 
negligable overhead (just Boundary: blah---- and Content-encoding: foo/bar).
I really don't see what is wrong with this.  If you don't want friends 
sending you stuff, just tell em.  Anyway, it would be easy to send all 
MIME messages as several messages.  The plain text part would come first, 
then you could cancel any subsequent ones you want (Foo is sending you an 
Elephant.attach, do you accept?).

> >    If you do this, their damned better be an option so not only do I=20
> > not have to listen to all the shit ppl attach, I don't even have to=20
> > waste time downloading it.

Why wouldn't there be?  First of all you would have to accept the 
download, and then play the file.  Anyway, why would your friends send 
you random junk if they knew you hated it?

> >=20
> Of course there will. One could use basic mailcap's that had no support for
> beyond basic text. My plans for my client is to actually have a simple
> interface that modifies the mailcap. "Disable Active Content" anyone?

Dunno exactly what mailcap is *<|:(

> >    Ugh... If Jabber messages get turned into webpages, with all the=20
> > crap lamers put on their pages -- useless midis, animated gifs, etc --
> > I'll stick with ICQ.

Well, the solution is simple.  Don't make Jabber buddies with lamers.  
I usually don't get email with active content and stuff because I simply 
do not know anybody who would think it would be great to send me that 
type of stuff.

> >=20
> No worries.


> > --
> > "I am not an idealist, nor a cynic,=20
> >  but merely unafraid of contradictions."=20
> > --Donald Hogan=20
> >=20
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> >=20
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